Monthly Archives: March 2012

SitCombat: 3/29/12

30 Rock has won an unprecedented four consecutive weeks of SitCombat. The Office had been red-hot for the middle part of the season, but a recent swoon has seen 30 Rock and Archer benefit from the Office’s decent but unspectacular … Continue reading

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The Axis of Ego Podcast: WrestleMania 28 Preview

Tom resurrects Mike from the dead (off-air) and engages his reanimated friend in an hour-long conversation about this weekend’s WrestleMania 28 event.  They run down the card and discuss how we got here, and, in cases in which it’s discernible, why … Continue reading

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The Need to be Needed

Bill Maher made a compelling case for a National Day of No Outrage on last week’s Real Time.  After glancing at ESPN.com over the weekend and realizing that three of the front page headlines were about apologies for various types … Continue reading

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An Untimely Knight Rider Rant

Can we talk about Knight Rider’s premise for a minute? Anyone who reads this website on a consistent basis knows I have a high tolerance for suspension of disbelief.  Talking car with advanced weaponry?  No problem.  I’m all in.  Run … Continue reading

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SitCombat: 3/22/12

30 Rock has triumphed three consecutive weeks and isn’t making things any easier on the competition this time around.  The venerable NBC show has two all-new episodes tonight. Still, it’s far from a given that 30 Rock will make it four in … Continue reading

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A Simpler Time (to Pay Players to Hurt Other Players)

Three thoughts came to mind when I heard the shocking news about the New Orleans Saints bounty fallout today: 1. All of the penalties seemed to be some degree of excessive.  Sean Payton being suspended for a full year is … Continue reading

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Intellectual Honesty in the Age of Unreason

I hate to interrupt a string of lighthearted cultural observations, sports references, and stories about awkward moments in the annals of entertainment history with something more serious—but here goes. A fascinating journal article came to my attention a couple of … Continue reading

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SitCombat: 3/15/12

I’m skipping the first night of the NCAA tournament to write a review of three sitcoms, so I’m going to dispense with the preamble this week. It’s only fair. I’ll just point out that 30 Rock is riding a two-week … Continue reading

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R.I.P., AOL IM

Fifteen years ago: I had never heard of it. Ten years ago: It was ubiquitous. Now: It’s dead. I can’t imagine how much different my 20’s (especially my early 20’s) would have been without Instant Messenger.  I used AOL’s IM … Continue reading

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Cutting Through the Corporate Code

The curious leadership style of the board of directors of World Wrestling Entertainment, Incorporated (NYSE/NASDAQ: WWE) has again perplexed the business community and financial experts around the globe. The company is currently in the midst of something of a power … Continue reading

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